For the first time since the COVID-19 Pandemic forced all in-person events to shut down and become virtual, the Door County Folk Festival returns to where it was known best, in person at Egg Harbor.
The 44th year of the event will be held at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavillion, instead of being on zoom, like in 2021 and 2022. When asked about how excited he is to have the event back in Egg Harbor, Door County Folk Festival Director Paul Collins said, “200%.” Collins has been a part of the festival since the very beginning when it first started in 1980, and the Folk Festival gives the opportunity to not only bring in the people of Door County for international dancing, but to expand the audience
to across the midwest. When talking about the attendance for the festival, Collins talked about how the in-person and Zoom is the best of both worlds and expand the audience to people who could maybe not have participated in the past years.
The instructors for all the different activities come from all across the world, from Tucson Arizona to Sofia Bulgaria, which makes the event so important to have in person once again. DCFF has undergone many changes of events that have resulted in even more fun. According to Collins, the event nearly was canceled by the third year. Needing to make some changes, Collins and founder Gerhard Bernhard sat down at a local restaurant in Sister Bay to talk about the changes.
The Door County Folk Festival will open its doors for the first time since 2019 on Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. for the setup and registration aspect of things. The scheduled activities will begin at 12:45 p.m.